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 Post subject: Tutorial #2, Tuesday 8-May
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 10:11 am 
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The second in our series of Tuesday Tutorials will take place next week, at our usual venue.
Following on from Carl's excellent introductory session last month on setting up telescopes, I'll be looking at more precise polar alignment, covering some of the popular GoTo systems which we have within the Society, and (hopefully) demonstrating how these can be controlled via a USB link from a PC running the NSCP, Stellarium and Cartes du Ciel programs.

Please bring along your own 'scopes (and laptops if you wish).

Note that as these tutorial sessions are not part of our main meetings programme, we ask you all to chip in £1 toward the hire of the room.


And we have two more sessions planned over the summer, covering imaging and image-processing of solar system and deep-sky objects:
http://www.boltonastro.org.uk/activites/tutorials.php


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 Post subject: Re: Tutorial #2, Tuesday 8-May
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 7:53 am 
Hi Ross just to let you know that i will be attending the tutorial on the 8th May

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Andy


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 Post subject: Re: Tutorial #2, Tuesday 8-May
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 11:45 am 
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Hi Ross
I will be there as well and will bring my AZ GOTO

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 Post subject: Re: Tutorial #2, Tuesday 8-May
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 9:19 pm 
Hi Ross,

I will be attending on Tuesday.

Lee


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 Post subject: Re: Tutorial #2, Tuesday 8-May
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:18 pm 
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Hi Ross

Once again, lots of content and great to be able to share info with other members. Ideal way to introduce the technology

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 Post subject: Re: Tutorial #2, Tuesday 8-May
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 10:37 pm 
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Thanks to all who came along and made tonight such a success, particularly to those who fetched along some kit for the demonstrations.

P.S. that was only the second time I've had the BlueTooth wireless telescope control system running!


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 Post subject: Re: Tutorial #2, Tuesday 8-May
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 11:31 pm 
Hi Ross,

Thanks for an interesting tutorial.

Learned a few new things tonight, which is something I hoped for by joining the society.

Many thanks

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 Post subject: Re: Tutorial #2, Tuesday 8-May
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 5:55 am 
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Here are links to some of the items which we covered last night:


Last edited by rwilkinson on Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:36 am, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Re: Tutorial #2, Tuesday 8-May
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 8:10 am 
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Following on from Andy's question about using old laptops...

I'm still using my 10-year-old Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo laptop with WindowsME operating system for all my outdoor astro work.
It won't run Stellarium or WxAstroCap, but Cartes du Ciel works fine and controls my Celestron CG5-GT mount via the ASCOM drivers, and I use Vega, AstroSnapLite and AstroVideo for image-capture with my webcams and 1004x-JG cameras.
It also runs RegiStax3 and legacy versions of IRIS and VisualSpec, so I can do all the image-processing on the machine which captured the raw data.
And it has a "proper" RS-232 COM port on the back, plus an LPT port for controlling my LX-webcams, and the USB1.1 ports are adequate for the VGA video stream from the cameras.

All the software which I demonstrated last night works fine under WinXP, and can be installed (albeit with more hassle) under Vista, but we did have some problems with the driver compatiblilty on Keith's 64-bit Win7 machine.


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 Post subject: Re: Tutorial #2, Tuesday 8-May
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:47 pm 
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Update on the BlueTooth interface - Dave Walker and I have successfully tested wireless links between Celestron and Synta mounts and a variety of laptops, netbooks, tablets and smart-phones. Look out for details in a forthcoming copy of The Bolton Astronomer.


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